Some exciting new Windows Azure Mobile Services features were delivered to
production this week. The highlights include:
iPhone and iPad connectivity support via a new iOS SDK Integrated
Authentication so developers can configure user authentication via Microsoft
Account, Facebook, Twitter, and Google. New server-side Mobile Service script
modules Access to Structured Storage, Windows Azure Blob, Table, Queues, and
ServiceBus Email services through partnership with SendGrid SMS & voice
services through partnership with Twilio Mobile Services hosting expanded to
west coast US The iOS SDK
I’m excited to share that we've announced the release of an
under-development iOS client SDK for Windows Azure Mobile Services. The iOS
SDK joins the Windows 8 SDK launched with Windows Azure Mobile Services as
well as client SDKs released by Xamarin for MonoTouch and MonoDroid.
Today I’m excited to share that the Windows Azure Mobile Services public
preview is now available. This preview provides a turnkey backend cloud
solution designed to accelerate connected client app development. These
services streamline the development process by enabling you to leverage the
cloud for common mobile application scenarios such as structured storage,
user authentication and push notifications.
If you’re building a Windows 8 app and want a fast and easy path to
creating backend cloud services, this preview provides the capabilities you
need. You to take advantage of... (more)
What do you get when you cross a college basketball coach, a lawyer, and a
software architect? In the case of local St. Louis startup Six0Run Software,
you get a dynamic software development team focused on revolutionizing talent
management in college athletics. I sat down with the team to learn more about
the new software solution they launched on Windows Azure earlier this year.
College athletics are big business in the United States. Specifically, the
business of winning games and championships. And according to Six0Run’s
former basketball coach George Evjen, “... (more)
One of the most attractive ways to use a cloud platform is for parallel
processing. Commonly known as high-performance computing (HPC), this approach
relies on executing code on many machines at the same time. On Windows Azure,
this means running many role instances simultaneously, all working in
parallel to solve some problem. Doing this requires some way to schedule
applications, which means distributing their work across these instances. To
allow this, Windows Azure provides the HPC Scheduler.
This service can work with HPC applications built to use the
industry-standard Mess... (more)
I’ve spent quite a bit of time discussing cloud computing with our
customers lately and the common theme among them all has been “lean”.
Windows Azure can provide some tremendous benefits to nearly every
organization we speak with: operating cost reduction, faster time to market,
scale on demand. It literally can’t get any leaner that this.
The challenge I’m running into is that it’s hard for architects and
developers to get a big picture of the Azure platform and how all the
features can be used together to build solutions. Microsoft is shipping new
services on a quarterly basi... (more)